Robert L. Parker Jr.
Robert L. Parker Jr. is the executive chairman of the board of directors of Parker Drilling. As executive chairman, Mr. Parker brings a wealth of historical knowledge of the company, as well as strategic industry experience and serves as a valuable link between the board and the company’s management. Most recently, Mr. Parker was appointed as the interim president and chief executive officer of the company from March 2012 through September 2012 while the company’s board conducted an executive search for a permanent CEO.
Mr. Parker joined Parker in 1973 and has held a variety of roles during his tenure with the company including serving as chief executive officer from 1991 to 2009. He was appointed chairman of the board of directors in 2006. Earlier in his career, Mr. Parker was elected vice president in 1973, executive vice president in 1976 and president and chief operating officer in 1977.
Mr. Parker is on the board of directors of the University of Texas Development Board, the University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston) Development Board, Schreiner University-Kerrville, the International Association of Drilling Contractors, the American Petroleum Institute and the Greater Houston Partnership. In addition, he is also a member of the National Petroleum Council, National Association of Corporate Directors and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Mr. Parker brings significant experience in the oil and gas service industry through his more than 40 years with the company, and his long-standing membership in the International Association of Drilling Contractors.
Gary G. Rich
President & Chief Executive Officer
Gary G. Rich was elected president and chief executive officer on October 1, 2012. Mr. Rich also serves as a member of the company’s board of directors. An industry veteran with over 30 years of global technical, commercial and operations experience, Mr. Rich comes to Parker Drilling after a 25 year career with Baker Hughes Incorporated where he successfully managed several of the company’s businesses, regions and initiatives. Over his career he has held a progressive series of roles across a broad spectrum of focus areas including global sales and strategic marketing and business development; new technology, product and commercialization strategies; and operations, finance and business management.
Most recently, he served as vice president of global sales for Baker Hughes, and prior to this role, he served as president of that company's European operations. Previously, Mr. Rich was president of Hughes Christensen Company (HCC), a division of Baker Hughes primarily focused on the production and distribution of drilling bits for the petroleum industry.
Mr. Rich holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas.
Jonathan M. Clarkson
Retired Chairman, Texas Capital Bank
Mr. Clarkson recently retired from the Houston Region of Texas Capital Bank, a subsidiary of
Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. where he served as chairman, president and chief executive officer
from 2003 to 2011. From 1999 to 2002 he served as president and chief financial officer of Bargo
Energy Company and its successor company Mission Resources Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr.
Clarkson served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Ocean Energy Corporation
and its predecessor company, United Meridian Corporation. He also held several senior management
positions at InterFirst Corporation and its subsidiary First National Bank in Dallas, Texas. Mr.
Clarkson currently serves on the Board of Memorial Production Partners LP, a domestic energy firm
focused on the acquisition and exploitation of domestic oil and gas properties. He also serves on
the Advisory Board of Rivington Capital Advisors, LLC, an independent investment banking firm
specializing in private capital and mergers and acquisition transactions for the small and mid-cap
energy sectors. Previously, Mr. Clarkson served on the board of Edge Petroleum Corporation where
he chaired the audit committee and also served as a member of that board’s compensation committee.
George J. Donnelly
Managing Partner, Lilo Ventures
Mr. Donnelly is a managing partner of Lilo Ventures, a venture capital firm, having
held this position since 2001. He also serves as chairman of Global Suppliers, a
minority-owned private company that provides equipment to the petroleum and chemical
industry. He served as president and chief executive officer of the Houston Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce during 2005 and 2006 and as president of the San Jacinto Museum
of History from 2000 to 2002. Between 1988 and 2000, Mr. Donnelly served as vice
president of Russell Reynolds Associates and as vice chairman of SpencerStuart Associates,
both executive search firms. He began his career at Texaco Inc. in 1962 and served
in various roles at Texaco Inc. and Gulf Oil Company until 1997, including vice
president of the Worldwide Energy and Minerals Division, vice president of the Latin
American division and head of the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Donnelly serves on
the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership (World Trade), the Center
for Houston's Future, United Way of Greater Houston, KIPP Charter Schools, the Health
Museum of Houston, the San Jacinto Monument and Museum and the Institute of International
Robert W. Goldman
Mr. Goldman retired from Conoco Inc. in 2002 after 14 years of service, most recently
as senior vice president - Finance and chief financial officer. Prior to that time,
he was employed for 23 years by E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. in a variety of domestic
and international finance and operating assignments. Since 2002 he has been self-employed
as a financial consultant. From 2003 through 2008, Mr. Goldman served as the elected
vice president-Finance of the World Petroleum Council. He is a member of the Financial
Executives Institute and a member of the advisory board of Global Infrastructure
Partners, a private equity fund investing in the global energy, transportation and
water infrastructure sectors. He serves on the board of directors of El Paso Corporation,
The Babcock & Wilcox Company Inc. and Tesoro Corporation, as well as the board of
trustees of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.
Gary R. King
Chief Executive Officer, Dutco Natural Resources Investments Limited
Mr. King, age 53, was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2008. He is the
Chief Executive Officer of Dutco Natural Resources
Investments Limited (DNR), a strategic investment firm focused on the resources sectors,
including oil and gas, mining, metals, and renewables, a role he assumed in April 2012.
DNR is a subsidiary of the Dutco Group of Companies, a multi-faceted conglomerate with
operations in diverse fields from heavy civil engineering to five-star world class
hospitality. Mr. King also serves as a Founder and Managing Partner of The Matrix
Partnership, a strategic advisory firm based in Dubai, UAE. From June 2011 to December
2011, he was President of Natural Resources and Commodities at First Capital Switzerland
Investment Bank in Dubai, UAE. From September 2008 through February 2009, Mr. King held
the position as the founding Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Natural Resources World.
Previously, he served as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange
from 2005 until 2009. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. King served as Senior Vice President in the
infrastructure funds and treasury and commodities groups in Macquarie Bank Ltd./Abu Dhabi
Commercial Bank, Managing Director at Matrix Commodities DMCC and Regional Head - Energy
Group and Specialized Funds Group in Dubai at Standard Bank London Ltd. From 1997 to 2001,
he served in senior management roles at Emirates National Oil Company, Dragon Oil PLC and
TransCanada International Petroleum. From 1994 to 1997, he served as Vice President —
Commodities Trading Group for Morgan Stanley (Singapore). From 1983 to 1994, he served in
a variety of roles within exploration and production and oil trading and supply at Neste Oy
(national oil and energy company of Finland), after beginning his career as an exploration
geologist in 1980. Mr. King is also a member of the Board of Directors of Kulczyk Oil
Ventures and a member of TRACE International and the National Association of Corporate
Robert E. McKee III
Retired Executive Vice President, ConocoPhillips Inc.
Mr. McKee retired from ConocoPhillips and Conoco, Inc. in 2003 after 36 years, serving
the last 10 years as executive vice president-Worldwide Exploration and Production.
He currently serves on the board of directors of QEP Resources Corp. and Post Oak
Bank (Houston, Texas). From 2003 to mid-2004, Mr. McKee served as senior oil advisor
in Iraq by presidential appointment. He is also a former member of the Advisory
Committee for the University of Texas Engineering Department and serves on the Colorado
School of Mines Foundation Board. He retired as the chairman of Enventure in 2009,
a company that is majority-owned by Shell Oil Company.
Richard D. Paterson
Retired Managing Partner, PwC
Mr. Paterson, age 61, retired from PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), an international
network of auditors, tax and business consultants, in 2011 after 37 years of service. At
the time of his retirement, Mr. Paterson served as the global leader of PwC’s Consumer,
Industrial Products and Services Practices comprising the automotive, consumer and retail,
energy utilities and mining, industrial products, pharmaceutical and health industry
sectors. These practices comprised roughly half of PwC’s global revenues. Mr. Paterson
also served as managing partner of PwC’s Houston Office and U.S. Energy Practice. As part
of this role, Mr. Paterson oversaw the audits of ExxonMobil Corporation from 2002 to 2006.
Previous to this position, Mr. Paterson lived in Moscow, Russia where he led PwC’s Energy
Practice for Europe, Middle East and Asia and also oversaw the audits processes of OAO
Gazprom. Mr. Paterson joined PwC in 1974 and was admitted as a partner in 1987. Since
his retirement, Mr. Paterson continues to provide consulting services to PwC firms and
Partners internationally. He holds extensive knowledge of the energy industry and energy
value chain and is a frequent speaker at the World Energy Congress and World Petroleum
Congress. Mr. Paterson is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors
and serves on the board of Zaff Capital LLC, a private equity fund investing in emerging
markets with a focus on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. He is a past
board member of the U.S./Russia Business Council and the U.S. Energy Association.
Roger B. Plank
President, Apache Corporation
Mr. Plank is president of Apache Corporation, having served in this position since
2009, after serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer since
2000. Mr. Plank previously served as vice president of Corporate Communications,
vice president of External Affairs and vice president of Planning and Corporate
Development for Apache. He is also Chairman of Houston's Alley Theatre.
R. Rudolph Reinfrank
Managing General Partner, Riverford Partners, LLC
R. Rudolph Reinfrank is the managing general partner of Riverford Partners LLC, a
strategic advisory and investment firm based in Los Angeles. Riverford acts as an
investor, board member and strategic advisor to growth companies and companies in
transition. Prior to founding Riverford, Mr. Reinfrank was a co-founder and a managing
general partner of Clarity Partners L.P. and a co-founder of Clarity China, L.P. He
is a co-founder and a managing general partner of Rader Reinfrank & Co. Mr.
Reinfrank is a director of Global Leveraged Capital, LLC. Mr. Reinfrank meets the
requirements of a Sarbanes-Oxley audit committee financial expert pursuant to item
407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K and he is FINRA licensed for Series 7, 62 and Series
63. Mr. Reinfrank is also a senior advisor to Pall Mall Capital, Limited (London),
and Transnational Capital Corporation.
Robert L. Parker
Mr. Parker joined Parker Drilling in 1947 and 10 years later purchased the company
from his father, Gifford C. Parker, the founder of the company. Serving as president
since 1954, Mr. Parker took the company public in 1969 and was elected chairman
and chief executive officer. Since 2006, he has retained the position of chairman
emeritus. Mr. Parker also serves on the board of directors of Clayton Williams Energy,
is an advisory director of Bank of Oklahoma, Tulsa, and is the chairman of the U.S.
- Kazakhstan Business Association board of directors. He was awarded the Gold Medal
for Distinguished Achievement by the American Petroleum Institute in 1999, the Waggener-Griffin
Award from Spindletop International in 2001, and the God and Country Award from
Boy Scouts of America in 2001. In 2001 he was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame
by the Tulsa Historical Society. Mr. Parker holds a bachelor's degree from The University
of Texas at Austin, where he is also a Distinguished Alumnus.